People’s Liberation Big Band & Battleship Potemkin
All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Kansas City’s People’s Liberation Big Band marks International Workers Day (aka May Day) with a screening of the silent Soviet film Battleship Potemkin while performing their original musical score for the film.
Directed in 1925 by Sergei Eisenstein, this epic about a 1905 mutiny aboard a Tsarist warship is a landmark of world cinema that transcends its propagandistic intentions through the brilliance of its execution. Particularly noteworthy is the climactic “Odessa steps” sequence which continues to influence filmmakers and has been widely copied over the years.
Through a written score and passages of pure improvisation, the 11 members of the band will bring new life to this screen classic.